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George Michael, who has died at the age of 53, was one of the UK’s greatest and most soulful singers and songwriters of the last 35 years. Here are six key songs that shed light on his life and career.

Careless Whisper (1984)

This was George Michael’s first solo hit, released in 1984 between his two number one hits that year with Wham! Its mature sound – a stark contrast to the frothy sounds associated with his band – announced him as a serious artist and remained his most enduring song throughout his career.

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